John Dosch Burkhart

March 13, 1947 - July 5, 2021

John Dosch Burkhart, 74, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past 13 years, formerly of Adrian, MI, passed away Monday, July 5, 2021 in Cape Coral. He was born March 13, 1947 in Saline, MI to Charles and Elizabeth (Dosch) Burkhart, now deceased.

John Graduated from Saline High School with the Class of 1966. He was a proud Vietnam Veteran 67-68. Printer by Trade, working in and around Ann Arbor & Jackson Mi. He also spent 10 years at Tecumseh Products, Tecumseh Michigan before retiring when the products closed its doors. On October 6, 1990 John happily married Sharlene Phipps. In 2008 he, his wife, and Grand Daughter Taylor moved to Cape Coral, FL, where they enjoyed the sunshine and relaxation. Over the past 35 years John had owned 5 beautiful Harley Bikes and loved spending most of his time riding open roads, exploring fun new places. He also liked fishing either on his boat or right on the beach. John was a Grateful Recovering Alcoholic for over 35 years. He experienced many Miracles in his recovery including, the Finding of a God of His Understanding, meeting and marrying the Love of His life, Sharlene, raising his stepchildren and granddaughter, and discovering he had a granddaughter Chantell Kinney (his son Johnathan’s daughter). John had the Pleasure of being a dad & Grandpa to several children, who dearly loved and looked up to him, also being cherished by his nieces & nephews. In Johns later years he took up woodworking, making many Amazing & One-of-a-kind pieces for Friends & Family. John had two things he wanted to be apart of before he passed, to walk Amanda down the aisle and to see Taylor Graduate and both were fulfilled. John will be missed dearly by those who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Sharlene Burkhart of Cape Coral; children, Joseph Phipps (Jennifer) of Adrian, MI, Amanda Garcia (Jared) of San Antonio, TX, Ronald Chambell(Cyndi) of Saline, MI, and Teresa Chambell of Westland, MI; siblings, Elizabeth Miller (Todd) of Clinton, MI, Cathy Dosch of Boulder, NV, Sondra Thomas of Boulder, NV, Joseph Burkhart of Richmond, MI, Charlie Burkhart of Knoxville, IN, Jeff Burkhart of North Fort Myers, FL, and Eric Burkhart (Mary) of Battle Creek, MI; grandchildren, Chantell Kinney (Thomas), Krystal Miles, Taylor Rasmussen, Dohnovan Chambell, Joseph Phipps Jr., Juliette Phipps, Adrian Garcia, and Paul Nolan, Jr.; as well as special nieces, Maria Hall-Burkhart, and Marissa Hall-Burkhart.

John was preceded in death by son, Jonathan Burkhart, brother, Phillip Burkhart, and dog, Bella.

John cherished all of his family and friends that supported him through his illness.

 A celebration of life will be held with a Graveside service on July 27, 2021 at 12:00 PM at the Maple Shade Cemetery, Onsted, MI 49265 on Slee Rd. A Luncheon will follow at the Durkee-Seager American Legion Post 550, 333 Connor St, Onsted, MI 49265.

 Memorial Contributions in memory of John Dosch Burkhart are suggested to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Cir, Fort Myers, FL 33908, or Any VA Facility of your choice.

 Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at

 Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care


  1. Susan Wade Jul 12, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    I met JB at Mary and Eric’s wedding , I walked down the aisle with him, he cracked jokes for the whole walk down, I was nervous and trying not to crack up. He was a great person, he will be missed. My love and prayers to all❤️

  2. Kathy Thorne Jul 12, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Shar,Taylor and family, we will so miss JB and all the wonderful times we shared. He sure made a positive impact on many lives. I will remember him as a kind and generous man.

  3. Cindy Van Camp Jul 12, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    so sorry for the loss I didnt know him but he had to be a good guy because sharlene is a beautiful person

  4. Teresa Chambell Jul 13, 2021 at 6:53 am

    Thank you for always being there for me, never judging me and being a wonderful dad. Fly high vern I love u TC

  5. Pat Rychener Jul 13, 2021 at 11:16 am

    So sorry for your loss Shar.Prayers for you and family

  6. WILLIAM R BALDWIN Jul 13, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    JB, even though I haven’t seen you in years I will still miss you. I love you my Brother.

  7. Jeff Burkhart Jul 14, 2021 at 2:38 am

    May the fondness of the morning never dim in the twilight of the day.
    Safe travels.

  8. Bill Kirstein Jul 16, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    RIP, JB, your alumni friend Box .

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